Join Martin Guidry for an in-depth discussion in this video Running Windows 10 as a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), part of Windows 10: Administration.
- In this section, we're going to talk about running Windows 10 as a virtual machine. The majority of things you'd like to do with Windows 10 will work perfectly fine in a virtualized operating system. Things like surfing the internet, using a spreadsheet application, or a word processor, or email, all of that should run exactly the same when you're virtualized or when you're not virtualized. So I'm going to focus instead on some of the things that might give you trouble.
All of these things are dependent somewhat on which hypervisor you are using. Different hypervisors have different strengths and weaknesses, but I'm going to cover the limitations that are pretty common amongst most hypervisors. The first one is the graphics processing unit, the GPU. Many times when Windows 10 is virtualized, it doesn't have full access to the graphical subsystem, and therefore you won't get quite as good a graphical performance.
This is typically more of a problem with games, and not so much a problem with business applications, but be aware, if you need really high-performance graphics, then virtualization may not be the best idea. If you need sub 10ms latency, in other words, you need applications to respond in less than 10 milliseconds, that can be a problem with some hypervisors. Specialized hardware. So Windows 10 has several features, such as the facial recognition or the BitLocker, that does require specialized hardware.
Some hypervisors have a hard time virtualizing this hardware, and therefore those features would not be available on a virtual environment Windows 10 installation. Switching from wired to wireless networks. A normal, non-virtualized Windows 10 installation will typically switch quite seamlessly from wired to wireless networks, but unfortunately, a virtualized Windows 10 installation often has trouble with this.
So again, all of this is going to depend on which hypervisor you use, so if you really need one of the features listed here, you may want to do some research as to which hypervisor might provide that functionality. But, again, for basic things like working with spreadsheets, word processing, checking your email, all of that should work great with any hypervisor.
Martin first reviews the various editions of both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10. This section covers the special features included with the Enterprise edition, and the hardware requirements for some of the new Windows 10 features. Martin also explains installing and updating drivers and configuring and optimizing the OS, including system properties and power options. Then it's a deep dive into Group Policy, including working with local groups, configuring preferences, and troubleshooting Group Policy. Martin also looks at Windows security—authentication and encryption—as well as the boot process, and concludes the course with a brief look at virtualization, networking, and backup and recovery.
- Understanding the different versions of Windows 10
- Installing and updating drivers
- Administering multitasking
- Working with Windows Group Policy
- Adding domain users and accounts to a Windows 10 PC
- Administering BitLocker and EFS
- Understanding the boot process
- Installing Client Hyper-V for Windows virtualization
- Managing Windows Firewall
- Backing up and restoring Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10